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KidRated’s The O2 Top Tips:


  • You can visit inside AND outside with ‘Up atThe O2‘ to see London from a unique perspective
  • Drive a car at the Nissan Innovation Centre 
  • Visit cinemas, restaurants and even go bowling 

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Arguably the most popular indoor arena in the UK, it is located in south east London and incredibly easy to get to by tube (and by Thames Clipper boat!). It was originally the Millennium Dome, an exhibition celebrating the turn of the third millennium, but was reopened in June 2007 and is now The O2 Arena. It is the second largest arena in Europe, after the Manchester Arena, but is the busiest in the world.


Most people know it as a live music venue but you can easily spend a day there as it also has a Cineworld cinema, an exhibition space,a bowling alley called Brooklyn Bowl, piazzas, bars and restaurants.



There are loads of different activities to do, from Indigo at The O2, a live music club for smaller music events, The O2 Bubble, a two-storey bubble-shaped exhibition space.


Visitors should also drop into the Nissan Innovation Centre which is FREE and open every day from 12pm – 8pm. The experience is family friendly – with activities for children of all ages – from colouring competitions through to Gran Turismo racing pods and a photo booth for all those that want a selfie with Nissan’s Brand Ambassador Usain Bolt!



Up at The O2 involves an expedition across the roof of the building along a 190m long tensile fabric walkway. From the platform, halfway across, visitors can see the Olympic Park, Thames Barrier, The Shard, Historic Royal Greenwich and Canary Wharf.



Booking Advice:


  • Whatever you’re going to see or do – book in advance. It gets busy
  • O2 customers get special offers on certain events

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The O2
Peninsula Square
SE10 0DX

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 8463 2000


Opening hours:

How to get there:

Tube: North Greenwich


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Parent Point of View

About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • There’s usually something going on here in the school holidays and it’s usually free.
  • Every afternoon you can go behind the scenes at Sky Studios and try reading the news.
  • There are lots of restaurants and most are family-friendly.
  • Over 10s will love Up at The O2 when you get to climb over the roof. It’s very safe but you do need to be quite strong to pull yourself along as you climb.

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